This is a very fluid situation this early in the season. My Heisman favorite entering the fall Clemson's Deshaun Watson fell out of my Top 5 after an underwhelming showing against Troy. I expect him and several other big names to come back into the picture very soon.
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Kalen Ballage, ASU, RB
I was tempted to include San Diego State's Donnel Pumphrey but opted for Ballage after his record night. The Colorado native rockets into the picture off his EIGHT touchdown (on 15-touch) performance against a woeful Texas Tech D. So far this season, Ballage is averaging 8.4 yards a carry and has nine overall TDs to lead the nation in scoring. He's also averaging over a 11.8 yards per carry in the second half of games.
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Nick Chubb, UGA, RB
After a huge opening week against UNC, Chubb and the Dawgs had their hands full with an FCS opponent Nicholls State as he was limited to just 80 yards on 20 carries as the Dawgs' O-line was neutralized. A Chubb fumble also led to a NSU TD. He's No. 5 in the nation in rushing with 302 yards.
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Royce Freeman, Oregon, RB
He's been his usual superb self and is off to a nice start with almost 300 yards on a 9.2-yard average to go with four rushing TDs. He's averaging over 14.7 yards a carry in the second half of games.
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Lamar Jackson, Louisville, QB
His numbers have been ridiculous and he has been spectacular. He's averaging 10 yards a carry and is third in the nation in rushing and has accounted for 13 TDs in less than two full games albeit against suspect defenses. And, he'd have thrown for probably additional 100 more yards the other night had his receivers not dropped so many passes. Things get a little more interesting with FSU on deck.
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Christian McCaffrey, Stanford RB/KR
The Cardinal was off this weekend. So far, he's had one game, but it was against a very good K-State D and he burned the Wildcats for a couple of big TD runs, sparking Stanford. He also delivered one tackle-breaking, jaw-dropping Heisman highlight on a 95-yard punt return that technically didn't count because it was called back due to a penalty, but it certainly did remind folks how special this guy is. USC is up next.